SDBN August 26th 2013 Event: The How, What, and Why of “Alternative” Careers

life science alternative careersDuring our 5-year history, we’ve learned quite a bit about life scientists in the region, the ups and downs they face, and we strive to respond to the needs we see. We hear from many working in university and institutional labs that they would like to learn more about careers outside academia. Contrary to popular opinion there, acquiring a tenure track position is truly the rare and “alternative” career. Sequestration adds to the difficulty in finding a position and funding. The changes in science communication that we discussed in our April meeting present both challenges and opportunities for our region to grow and provide more employment for our researchers.

At our August 26th SDBN event, we will explore several “alternative” careers which we see as growth areas and important for our region. Our speakers will discuss the how, what, and why of their career choices, and we will ask for feedback during registration so we can get your questions answered. Additionally, we’ll start with “Networking Bingo” at the beginning of the night to help you meet as many people as possible, and we’ll also use our “smart nametags” to help you out. We will also have as our guest Karyn Traphagen of ScienceOnline to discuss our local chapter of this related and transformative organization.


Raymond Clark, Ph.D., Project Manager for Global Health, San Diego State University and Founder, National Postdoctoral Association
Jennifer Grodberg Jennifer Grodberg, Ph.D., R.A.C, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs-Trius Therapeutics, Inc. and President, American Medical Writers Association Pacific-SW Chapter
Raymond Price, Ph.D., MBA, Director of Business Development at Bioseek, Founder, The Prices Write
Lisa Silverman, Ph.D., JD, Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP
villar_hugo Hugo Villar, Ph.D., MBA, Director of Science & Technology, UC San Diego Extension (Moderator)

Special thanks to Ryan Wheeler, Phil Sheridan, and Suzy Kennedy for helping organize this event.



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Event Details

Who: Life science researchers and professionals in the greater San Diego area
What:August 26th The How, What, and Why of “Alternative” Careers Event
When: Monday, August 26th, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Green Flash Brewery Tasting Room, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego, 92121 (directions below)
Cost: $25/20 (Academic), dinner provided, beer and soda available for purchase.
For more information about the event: From the west: From the 805 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head east for 2.0 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the left/north side of the street at Flanders Drive. From the east: From the 15 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head west for 3.6 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the right/north side of the street at Flanders Drive.
Parking: The Green Flash lot holds about 70 cars, so come early and carpool if you’d like to park there. You can also park on the street, but be very mindful that there are some poorly marked ‘no parking’ areas, especially on Sequence where there is a center lane.